It looks like one of the members of Georgia’s top ranked 2018 signing class won’t make it Athens just yet, albeit not for the reason many thought.
Liberty County defensive tackle Tramel Walthour has signed with Kansas JUCO Hutchinson Community College according to 247Sports’ Kipp Adams. Hutchinson head coach Rio Rhoades confirmed the signing.
Speculation emerged leading up to National Signing Day and through the spring that Walthour, a three star recruit according to 247Sports, might grayshirt to make room for a more heralded prospect. But the 6’4, 277 pounder did in fact sign with UGA. Walthour wasn’t necessarily expected to make a huge contribution in 2018, but he is a guy with a lot of potential, big enough to play between the guards but also long and athletic enough that he could slide out to play a 5-technique.
It is unknown at this time what Walthour’s track back to Georgia looks like. Fellow 2018 defensive tackle signee Devonte Wyatt went to junior college after singing in 2017, but achieved a qualifying test score prior to his JUCO enrollment, was thus deemed a “full qualifier” by the NCAA Clearinghouse, and thus able to transfer to a four year school after only one semester. It is not known whether Walthour might be able to do the same, or might have to earn enough credits to later enroll as part of the class of 2020. Until later . . .